I wrote about this topic some years ago and thought it was appropriate to revisit this topic for one important reason: All the exercisers I'm seeing are starting to look a little haggard after a long winter of indoor workouts.
The things is, if you're an exerciser, you probably work hard at your workouts. You always have a plan and, most of the time, you follow through with it. You get up before the sun or you head to the gym after work, even when you're tired. You finish that workout, even though you wanted to quit 20 minutes ago. You grit it out, even when your iPod battery died. You squeeze in a 4 a.m. workout when you're on the road and you always order the dressing on the side. You're good...so good that, sometimes, you may need to be just a little bit bad. If it's been awhile since you cut loose, here are some questions for you: When was the last time you...
- Leisurely stretched after your workout instead of skipping it or rushing through it to get done?
- Ditched your routine at the gym and played with a medicine ball or that weird blue dome in the corner (that's a BOSU, FYI), just for fun?
- Did your workout without worrying about how hard you were working or how many calories you were burning?
- Lounged in the hot tub or sauna after your workout?
- Ditched your workout to just sit in the hot tub? (aka, the Gentleman's Workout)
- Did exactly what you wanted to do (e.g., "A nice, relaxing stretch would feel really good.") instead of what you should do (e.g., "I better get my 6-mile run in today.")?
- Were excited about your workout?
- Went out for a walk to nowhere in particular?
- Paid attention to how strong your body really is?
- Rewarded yourself for all your hard work, day in and day out?
So? Is it time to do something fun? Something that reminds you why you love to move your body? Maybe today is the day.